This ETF offers exposure to the domestic financial sector, including many of the large Wall Street institutions that can exhibit significant volatility in certain environments. Due to the sector-specific nature of the fund, PFI probably doesn't have a place in long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios; it is more appropriate for use as a tactical overlay or part of a sector rotation strategy. PFI is part of the suite of Intellidex product from PowerShares, meaning that this ETF is linked to an index designed to outperform traditional cap-weighted benchmarks. Those who believe this methodology has the potential to generate excess returns may find PFI to be the ideal way to access the U.S. financials market; those not convinced about the methodology may prefer cheaper ETF options such as XLF or FFL. It should be noted that the methodology of the underlying index has one potential advantage that is unique in the financial sector; PFI does not exhibit nearly the degree of concentration as do ETFs linked to cap-weighted indexes, offering a more balanced way to play the U.S. financial sector (the equal-weighted RKH is another option).
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for PFI on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Financials Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
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This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares the fund flows of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.